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Fac. Dance - Factory Records: 12" Mixes & Rarities 1980-1987 Double CD

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  • Audio CD (24 Oct. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Strut
  • ASIN: B005G21NQC
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Strut Records present an essential new retrospective of Factory Records, the seminal Manchester club-turned-record label set up by Tony Wilson and Alan Erasmus. Compiled by Bill Brewster of djhistory.com, the album places the spotlight on some of the label’s early dancefloor-based work across key 12” mixes and rarities, from the unmistakeable productions of Martin Hannett to more unheralded backroom work by New Order’s Bernard Sumner and A Certain Ratio drummer Donald Johnson, under their BeMusic and DoJo monikers. The album traces early experiments from Blurt’s avant garde mutant funk to the fertile post-Joy Division period as the label’s unique, coruscating post-punk sound took shape through seminal bands like A Certain Ratio and Section 25. The album also expressly documents Factory’s strong links and cross-pollination with New York’s 1980s club culture, as New Order joined forces with producer Arthur Baker, fresh from his pioneering electro work with Afrika Bambaataa, and acts like Quando Quango and Sweet Sensation’s Marcel King enlisted NY remixer Mark Kamins for tough-edged club treatments. Factory bands including Quando Quango would also play live at some of the city’s seminal nightspots, including the Paradise Garage. The compilation also touches on some of the wider directions explored by Factory during its early years – Durutti Column’s melancholic beauty, the latin jazz and jazz funk of Swamp Children, Kalima and Tony Henry’s 52nd Street and a track from the label’s only reggae single, the Dennis Bovell-produced ‘See Them A’Come’ by X-O-Dus. This is the music that would provide the blueprint for the Manchester scene of the late ‘80s and Factory’s heady later years – the Happy Mondays, James, Northside and the rest. FAC. DANCE is compiled and annotated by Bill Brewster of djhistory.com and features rare artist photos alongside original label artwork by Peter Saville. The album is produced in association with James Nice at LTM Records

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Fans of mainstream 80's fayre are gonna either love this or hate this-I loved it as on this are all the tunes I never bought individually and am glad I now have.All tracks are extended and there are 3 per side.The master seems just right,never forced and plays very comfortably-no jumps or crackles-lovely.
There's a great read-up printed inside the fold on one side with the tracks listed on the right side and an insert with a unique mp3 download code for a free digital copy(which was nice).
The only downside is that the product is over far too soon.I think this is mainly because we're all so used to listening to endless dance c.ds from the Balearic islands of late.
Overall I am very pleased with this vinyl.,all I have to do now is work out how to download the digital copy.
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A fantastic compilation of the, er, "dancier" records released by the legendary Factory label in the late 1970s and 1980s.

Refreshingly they've bypassed the "big guns" - New Order, Joy Division, Happy Mondays - and gone for some of the more obscure acts such as The Swamp Children, Blurt and X-O-Dus (I'd forgotten how good their "English Black Boys" was). Listening to this compilation - excellently annotated by compiler Bill Brewster - a number of things become clear:
1. New Order's Bernard Sumner and ACR's Donald Johnson were a formidable production team, as the wonderful tracks by Section 25, 52nd Street, Marcel King, Quando Quango etc attest;
2. Marcel King's sublime "Reach for Love" should have been an absolutely enormous hit;
3. "Cool as Ice" by 52nd Street is up there with "Blue Monday" as a crucial 1980s electro-dance record
4. The quality of Factory/Factory Benelux/Factory US's output during the period was unbelievably high

The quality of the pressing and mastering are extremely good.

Overall, I can't recommend this enough to Factory freaks, Manc maniacs or '80s scholars.
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An interesting document of more dancefloor oriented Factory releases, quite a few tracks are (I would say) pretty difficult to like even for a Factory fan, but there are some absolute gems too which more than make up for this- Section 25, 52nd Street, A Certain Ration, Durutti Column etc. Definitely recommended for anyone with an interest in the history of dance music, and worth it if you are curious as to what else came out of this great record label apart from Joy Division and New Order.
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I have to admit that, on purchasing this cd, I got a little carried away by the neat Factory artwork on the cover. Although it's description was there to see, I thought this collection would have a more post-punk approach. It turns out it is a little too "dancy" for my taste, though I suppose that those who know the stuff will find these tracks very good (or so I've read). An album better heard on the dancefloor than at home.
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